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Control Yourself

Posted by Rick | April 25th, 2008 | Filed under Environmental Change, Personal Reflection, Sustainability

Picture 4.pngThere’s this band called MGMT (pronounced Management) and most of their music sounds like a debaucherous 3AM party soundtrack, but I was listening to their song “Kids” the other day and I heard these lyrics:

“Control yourself,
Take only what you need from it.
A family of trees falling,
To be haunted.

The water is warm,
But it’s sending me shivers…

Decisions are made and not bought
But I thought this wouldn’t hurt a lot
I guess not…”

My interpretation is that these guys are talking about sustainability, global warming and considering the consequences of our actions, so that there will be something left for the “kids” in the future. I could be wrong. Whatever the meaning is, it’s a pretty good jam for a Friday.

3 Responses to “Control Yourself”

  • April 27, 2008 at 10:46 pm | Stu says

    “debaucherous 3AM party soundtrack” – you know, you might be on to something with that description, but give the whole album a few more listens and you’ll find yourself needing it. There’s some pretty clever stuff in there.

  • April 28, 2008 at 7:04 am | Rick says

    Coincidentally, I was at the beach this weekend with a friend I hadn’t seen in a while and he put the album on as we drove around looking for surf. We were pretty amazed at the songwriting and how the band oscillates between rock and dance from track to track. It’s too easy to classify them as an “electroclash/pop” derivative because they’re from Brooklyn and they use a lot of synths…

  • May 2, 2008 at 3:42 pm | Billy says

    I was smoking a J with James…he is from Arlington Virgina and Ben is from Westport NY. Brooklyn is where they make music…they are not from there. I think that this song may have been overinterpreted by some green dreamers…all I know is that we took some LSD together and didnt give a fuck about anything!!!

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